In-Service Training Credit Guidelines
All CASA volunteers are required to earn 12 hours of in-service credits each calendar year. This can be accomplished through a variety of delivery methods, including attending workshops, watching videos, and reading books or articles. Remember, all of these options should be related to your role as a CASA volunteer.
The following chart outlines the amount of credit that can be earned for different types of training. Be sure to speak to Gayle Hanson, Training Coordinator, if you do not see a specific type of training listed or would if you would like to know if a certain type of training will qualify for credit. (To download a copy of these guidelines, click: In-service Training Credit Guidelines.doc.)
TRAINING TYPE / ALLOWABLE CREDIT
- Articles in magazine, journals, and newspapers / Maximum of 1 hour per article
- Articles in CANO-CASA newsletters / Maximum of 1/2 hour if newsletter contains training articles(s)
- Internet research for cases / Amount of time spent on research
- Books / 30 Minutes for each 50 pages – maximum of 3 hours per book
- Video or DVD / Length of the video or DVD
- TV Program / Length of program
- Online training module / Amount of time spent taking the course. Use recommended credit, if provided.
- Webinar or podcast / Length of webinar or podcast
- Satellite broadcast / Length of broadcast
- Conference / Length of conference minus breaks and lunch
- Community workshop or seminar / Length of workshop or seminar minus breaks
- Continuing education or college course / Actual course hours
Accessing Online CASA Training Options
The following websites offer a wealth of training opportunities:
CASA of Arizona
CASA of Arizona offers a wealth of in-service training opportunities to all CASA Volunteers and/or anyone interested in child welfare issues. This is a public site available to non-residents of Arizona, so you may follow the guidance for any Arizona online course with the exam and receive credit. To access their wealth of resources, use this LINK to their website.
Important: To obtain accurate credit for any of their courses, you will need to register with your full name and a password. Access the CASA of Arizona registration form by using this LINK to their website.
Once you have completed an in-service training course, be sure to forward the certificate to Gayle Hanson, Training Coordinator, at email@example.com.
CASA Kane County
Another good resource is the CASA Kane County (Illinois) website. Their CASA University offers child advocacy information through a number of quality resources that are designed for continuing education and learning. There is no need to register for this website training. Just use this LINK to their website to access a wide variety of resources and links.
Important: Avoid materials designed specifically for Kane County or Illinois. Also, do not use their forms to document your training. Use the CANO form instead. Download the form by clicking: In-Service Credit form for Individualized Training.doc.
A number of good advocacy resources can be found on the CASA National website (LINK). Again, there is no need to register for this website training, but any in-service training hours do need to be reported on the CANO form. Download the form by clicking: In-Service Credit form for Individualized Training.doc.
Documenting Credit Hours
Document any in-service training hours on the CANO form. Use the In-Service Training Credit Guidelines to compute your training time and credits. The form also will ask you to rate and evaluate the training. We are interested in your feedback in order to ensure that we are providing the best training opportunities available. Download the CANO form by clicking: In-Service Credit form for Individualized Training.doc.
Additional In-Service Training Resources
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